TEUTOPOLIS — Farmweld President Frank Brummer and others broke ground on what he calls a "dream office project" on Tuesday in Teutopolis.

The 10,000-square-foot addition will be located east of the existing hog equipment manufacturer's operations.

Brummer said the offices will be unlike any in this area in that people will be able to brainstorm on a deck and work in a creative and fun environment. He said the new space will encourage collaboration and help the company continue to attract and retain "the best and brightest" to work at the business.

“Our atmosphere is fun, and this addition will more adequately fit that with a half-court basketball court, ping pong table and open layout, allowing for the communication level we have every day across the multiple facets of the business,” said Brummer.

Brummer sold Farmweld to Canarm, a company based out of Brockville, Ontario, in 2006, but remained as company president.

Brummer sold the company so he "could start the next chapter of my life." That has included running and biking in competitions worldwide and a leadership role in development of the TREC Trail in the Effingham area.

During the groundbreaking, Brummer thanked numerous people who have helped Farmweld get to this point. One of those is Vice President Lori Runde, who has been with Farmweld for 29 years and worked with the Teutopolis Village Board on improving a street on the west side of the current building called Farmweld Street, public water and sewer service, and extending the TIF District.

"Without these key improvements, this expansion would not have been possible," she said.

As a thank you for his help and support in these projects, Runde presented Teutopolis Village Board President Greg Hess with a key to Farmweld.

The contractor, Akra Builders, is looking to break ground on the project in the next couple of weeks. Brummer expects construction of the offices to take nine months.

Crystal Reed can be reached at crystal.reed@effinghamdailynews.com or by phone at 217-347-7151 ext. 131